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TwistedBanana posted..

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The issues in the NHS were inevitable - we kept feeding ourselves the delusion over the last 70 years that we could continue to pay for universal healthcare as it became more complex and the population became much much older. I am not suggesting we do away with the universal free healthcare aspect but bottom line, unless we have a serious grown up debate about raising serious revenue from somewhere then the whole project will be in dire straits.

I don't think the Conservative Government is in a position to have that debate at the moment - it has been a mammoth task to secure the investment required just to fund the plan until the next decade. Equally I think that the rest of our political class are similarly unprepared. There is a fanatical, semi religious commitment to the NHS which can be positive but often also blinds people to the reality of "where does the extra revenue continue to come from?"

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I disagree, the issues within the NHS were not inevitable. First we had Labour creating over 200 billion debt with PFI agreements and then the bank bailouts that clocked up another 500 billion to 1 trillion in debt. Then we had the Tory/Liberal coalition awarding around 38% of NHS contracts to private for profit health companies for a number of years. Then we had both Labour and the COalition and conservatives letting huge companies off billions in tax. Add to that the billions wasted on trident and membership of the EU and we could have a fully funded NHS.[/QUOTE]

Lets not forget that PFI's were a Tory initiative and took hold massively before the "New" Labour elective carried it on, against the wishes of the left wing few. But hey ho, shit happens.

Cant argue with the rest of your points though SV